Emissions scenarios: choosing our future
This infographic, based on IPCC data, depicts the likely consequences of various emissions pathways ranging from a low-carbon future to a fossil fuel-intensive one. Recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reveal that the impacts of climate change are already “widespread and consequential.” Yet the effects we may see in the future still largely depend on the actions countries take to reduce their emissions today. This infographic provides four possible global emissions outcomes—and their potential implications on communities, the economy, and the environment. Based on IPCC data, the infographic depicts the likely consequences of various emissions pathways ranging from a low-carbon future to a fossil fuel-intensive one. Alongside each pathway, known as a “Representation Concentration Pathway,” we show what the future might hold in terms of climate impacts—ranging from temperature increases to precipitation changes to ecosystem degradation.
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